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Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #25
Everyone laughed at Columbus not because they thought the work was flat, but because they thought it was much bigger than he did, and he'd die before he got to the Indes. Turns out they were right.
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Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #26
for a set of further examples, there is the tendency of the human race to give credit where it isn't due.  discoveries are almost never credited to the person who actually made them.  and when we consider people to be geniuses (whether scientific, military, political, etc.), that is largely a function of luck and the dumb human need to worship heroes.
Actually it is often a small group that re-writes history and steals credit, and most people are gullible sheep who swallow what the wolves feed them. 
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man."
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Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #27
TioH, do you know of any historians who have examined the connections between the emergence of compulsory education in the US and the civil war/ secession decision? Not saying it led to or anything about causation, just wondering if anyone has followed those threads together.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #28
can't say that i do, sorry!

Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #29
Damn. Thanks anyway.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

Re: gunnerj callout: are there any good historical anecdotes that aren't bullshit?
Reply #30
I always liked the story of how Joe Medicine Crow became the last of the Crow nation warchiefs. Pretty cool, and true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Medicine_Crow